Sheffield University. He supported his master's degree studies by winning prize money in 100km ultradistance running races. Shortly after placing third in the World 100km Championships in 1992 and setting the North American 100km record, the author turned to ultradistance triathlon, winning the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996. For good measure, he also won the inaugural World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, the world's longest triathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop!
Returning to academia once again in 1996, Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency's Institute of Space Medicine. While conducting his Ph.D. studies he still found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultraman Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Due to his success as the world's leading ultradistance triathlete Erik was featured in dozens of magazines and television interviews. In 1997, GQ Magazine nominated him as the 'Fittest Man in the World'.
Simon Fraser University's School of Kinesiology. While living in Vancouver, Erik gained his pilot’s license, started climbing mountains and took up sky-diving to relax in his spare time. In 2005 the author worked as an astronaut training consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and wrote Tourists in Space: A Practical Guide, a training manual for spaceflight participants. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Recently, he was one of the final thirty candidates of the Canadian Space Agency's Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.
coach. He plans to travel into space with one of the private spaceflight companies via Astronauts for Hire. As well as being a triathlete, skydiver, pilot and author, Erik is an avid scuba diver and has logged more than two hundred dives in more than twenty countries. His favorite movie is the director's cut of Blade Runner, his favorite science fiction authors include A.E. Van Vogt, Allen Steele and Stanislav Lem and his favorite science fiction series is Red Dwarf. Prepare for Launch: The Astronaut Training Process is his fifth book. When not writing, he spends as much time as possible in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, and at his real home in Sandefjord, Norway. Erik lives with his wife and three cats on the Niagara Escarpment in Canada.
Erik is a prolific author. A full listing of his books is available below:
- Suborbital: Industry at the edge of space (March 2014)
- Triathlon the hard way: Winning the world's toughest triathlons (November 2013)
- SpaceX: Making Commercial Spaceflight a Reality (June 2013)
- Pulling G: Human Responses to Increased and Decreased Gravity (September 2012)
- Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps (April 2012)
- Interplanetary Outpost: The Human and Technological Challenges of Exploring the Outer Planets (January 2012)
- Trailblazing Medicine: Sustaining Explorers During Interplanetary Missions (May 2011)
- Ocean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living Underwater (September 2010)
- Prepare for Launch: The Astronaut Training Process (April 2010)
- The New Space Race: China vs. USA (February 2010)
- Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars (July 2009)
- Lunar Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on the Moon (November 2008)
- Tourists in Space: A Practical Guide (March 2008)